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‘A Computer Platform for Managing Catastrophes’
We live on a planet prone to catastrophes. Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions are a persistent threat to the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe. Beyond the force of Nature, other catastrophic events such as pandemics, acts of political violence, and industrial disasters blight the human environment.
The massive scale of catastrophes, both natural and man-made, made risk management very difficult before the computer desktop revolution. Since then, quantitative catastrophe models have been constructed to assist insurers and government agencies in managing the extreme risks to which they are exposed. A quarter of a century after catastrophe risk modelling began, a new revolution beckons with the development of an integrated cloud-based computer platform for running all catastrophe models.
Our speaker: Dr Gordon Woo, Catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions (RMS)
Dr. Gordon Woo is a Catastrophist at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), specializing in the quantitative analysis of a broad spectrum of catastrophe risks, both natural and man-made. In his fourteen years at RMS, he has designed computer models for numerous catastrophes, including terrorism and pandemics. For his work on catastrophe insurance, he was named by Treasury and Risk magazine as one of the hundred most influential people in finance. As a noted expert in many fields of disaster management, he has served on the Blackett Committee reviewing extreme events for the UK government chief scientist.
He is the author of the two books, ‘The Mathematics of Natural Catastrophes’, published by Imperial College Press in 1999, and ‘Calculating Catastrophe’, published also by Imperial College Press in 2011. Dr. Woo graduated as the best mathematician of his year at Cambridge University, completed his PhD at MIT as a Kennedy Scholar, and was a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is a visiting professor at University College London, and an adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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Real Time Club
Born as an IT dinner club 50 years ago this year, the Real Time Club is one of London’s foremost networking institutions. The Club’s networking events bring together people from diverse professional backgrounds with common interest in technology and society. The Club’s membership includes entrepreneurs and professionals form the tech industry, public sector, academia and finance.
Every year the Real Time Club runs a series of dinners with distinguished speakers on current issues of the information age. The Club’s dinners encourage robust and well-informed debate, while enabling interesting people to meet one another. There are around six dinners a year, most of which take place at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Real Time Club dinners are open to non-members. Everyone is welcome to attend.